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Pedersen welcomes Alvarez

December 27, 2012 - Burt Angeli
Count Menominee’s Jacob Pedersen among the Wisconsin Badgers glad to see athletic director Barry Alvarez coaching in the Rose Bowl.

“We’ve got a legend on the sidelines,” Pedersen told the Peshtigo Times. “How many guys can say they got to play for a Hall of Fame coach?”

When Coach Bret Bielema left for Arkansas, team captains contacted Alvarez to take over the Badgers for the bowl game. “When we called coach Alvarez and asked him to coach us and he accepted, my excitement level for this game went up quite a bit, same for all of our other players,” Pedersen said.

Pedersen, a tight end preparing to play in his third Rose Bowl, has caught 26 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns this season. The Badgers will take an 8-5 record against Stanford.

“Obviously, we haven’t had the type of season we wanted to have,” Pedersen said. “But we know if we win the Rose Bowl, nobody is going to remember an 8-5 record.

“We’re focused on the fact that this one game wipes the slate for us. We believe in each other and that’s all we need as far as I’m concerned.”



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